Liberia: Dogs eat remains of Ebola victims

Cape Town – Residents from a township in the Liberian capital of Monrovia have witnessed dogs eating the remains of dead Ebola victims.

NewDawn reports that after witnessing the dog’s behaviour in the Johnsonville Township, some young men immediately contacted the health ministry, but no action was taken.

The men tried to kill the dogs, but some escaped the scene leaving residents in fear, according to the report.

According to allAfrica the incident happened after a standoff between residents and the Ministry of Health burial team which resulted in the hurried burial of suspected Ebola victims a few weeks ago.

Packs of dogs were seen pulling bodies out of the grave and hastily eating them, said the report.

Dr Stephen Korsman from the UCT medical virology division told News24 that dogs and pigs are so far the only domestic animals identified as species that can be infected with the Ebola virus.

According to Korsman infections appear to be asymptomatic, "this means that dogs won't get sick but they still could carry a potential risk through licking or biting".

Earlier in August protesting residents called for the Liberian government to collect bodies lying in the streets, some for up to two days.

The tropical virus has infected more than 2 600 people of which 1 427 have died, according to an AFP report. The UN has warned that the fight against the virus could last a further six months.

- News24
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Azana Booi 2014-08-26 02:56:34 PM
If the Gov is Not picking up these dead boddies!!! Then I'm forced to believe that they are actually making money out of this disaster. Why on earth would they encourage the spread of the Ebola by any means????
Nkosingiphile Ngubane 2014-08-26 02:56:56 PM
And its those very dogs that will spread this disease further. Are they not burying the bodies deep enough?
sizwe.nyembe 2014-08-26 02:57:52 PM
If hell really existed somewhere in this planet, it would be in Liberia. Remember General 'Butt Naked'?
Byron Templeman 2014-08-26 03:06:50 PM
My God please help... This is very shocking like the bodies left in the streets.
Christina Setloboko 2014-08-26 03:11:38 PM
My goodness ,this is just so sad.
Patrick Winter533 2014-08-26 03:13:09 PM
This Ebola virus in the wrong hands is going to be lethal. West Africa is clearly the right place for this to start.
Sihle Nyamezela Wethu Motaung 2014-08-26 03:22:50 PM
Jesus I don't believe this
Marcel De Graaf 2014-08-26 03:23:47 PM
That is terrible. So those dogs will be able to infect people for as long as they live. Now there is a chain of infection that won't be able to be traced or broken.
Bob 2014-08-26 03:26:41 PM
WTF? You cant be serious? How on earth can a pack of dogs be "seen pulling bodies out of the grave and hastily eating them". These are west african township dogs for peets sake. If you've ever seen a township dog you will know they are wire thin, near death, mange infested mutts. Not 60kg wolves from Alaska!! how on earth are bodies disposed of so badly that they can be dug up by dogs? This is a total lack of commitment of the government to ensure the well being of their people. Utterly unacceptable, its as if there is some hope of spread on a massive scale!
Nkoneni Albert Netshiendeulu 2014-08-26 03:45:12 PM
We are approaching the end "animals will feed on people". It's high time we start to acknowledge that hell and heaven is real. Am petrified.